The helpline is provided by trained helpline staff and volunteers, who can give you support and information.
We offer one to one counselling to both men and women who have experienced any form of sexual violence recently, or in the past. Counselling provides a space to help you gain a clearer understanding of yourself and your situation. Deciding and making a commitment to have counselling is a very powerful and life affirming choice. During the course of your therapy you will be looking at yourself, your relationships, and your life in general.
A Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Programme for Young People.
The aim of this programme is to educate young people about all forms of sexual violence. Young people often struggle to name their unwanted sexual experiences as rape or sexual assault. Studies show that sexual violence is more likely to occur in a relationship or by someone known to the victim, which can often make it difficult for a young person to identify it as assault. Also, commonly held myths that include, sexual assault must include physical force, result in physical injury, or is perpetrated by strangers in dark places, can diminish how they view their experience.
We take every opportunity to raise awareness and challenge perceptions about the causes and impact of sexual violence through talks and public events.
Support for Family & Friends
We at the Mayo Rape Crisis Centre know that sexual violence does not just affect the victim/survivor but also those around them. Because of this we offer information and possible support sessions for partners, family members and friends so that they may better support survivors.
The Mayo Rape Crisis Centre was established in July 1994 in response to the number of women and girls from Mayo contacting other Rape Crisis Centres, especially the Centre in Galway.
A small group of women came together concerned at the lack of any services or support in Mayo for women who had been sexually abused or raped.
"Through Love, all pain will turn to medicine"